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Addition to Battle-Tested Red to Blue Program Highlights Rouda’s Strong Campaign

Indivisible Orange County 48 Applauds DCCC Action

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján today announced that Harley Rouda has earned a spot on the DCCC’s highly competitive Red to Blue program. Rouda is in a select group of Democratic candidates in the country to receive this designation thus far.

Rouda has worked hard in his district to earn a spot on Red to Blue by surpassing aggressive goals for grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization and fundraising. Beyond his demonstrated ability to build a winning campaign infrastructure, Rouda has deep ties to this district and a compelling message and story that will flip this competitive district blue. Polling shows this race as winnable for Democrats.

Rouda has been endorsed by an impressive array of local elected leaders, including eight former or current members of the California congressional delegation, CA-48 Democratic candidates Laura Oatman and Michael Kotick, the California Federation of Labor, Sierra Club, and Indivisible Orange County 48.

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján released the following statement:

“Harley Rouda is a successful small businessman, advocate, and father. His message of change and responsible, moral leadership in Washington has inspired voters across California’s 48th congressional district to back his campaign. Harley has demonstrated that he is the strongest Democrat in this race and best prepared for the general election, and with the grassroots and numerous California delegation Members strongly behind him, we know we will flip this district this fall.”

The Indivisible Orange County 48 Leadership Team released the following statement:

“We’ve been hard at work for more than a year to defeat Dana Rohrabacher and bring change to our district. We believe that the only way we can accomplish this goal is by Democrats and like-minded Independents and Republicans to unite around Harley Rouda, a strong progressive whom we were proud to endorse last week. We appreciate the DCCC following our lead and standing with Harley Rouda and grassroots organizations like Indivisible.”

Red to Blue is a highly competitive and battle-tested program at the DCCC that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns. Additionally, the DCCC provides strategic guidance, staff resources, candidate trainings, and more. It is not an endorsement.

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